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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Dec. 22

first_imgYounger and newer is not always betterYour recent editorial on LIFO states: “The practice, […] not only deprives students of the best teachers, but also prevents districts from maximizing savings by forcing them to keep underperforming higher-paid teachers at the expense of newer teachers who generally earn less pay and benefits.”This editorial drips with the assumption that younger and newer is better than older and experienced. I have crossed paths with a few teachers in my life, pretty much daily, and I know you are wrong.Imagine I placed you in a classroom with 25 rambunctious 5-year-old kindergartners and then left you on your own. No problem, right? Because you are the newer, younger model. If you have any problems, perhaps the teacher next door with 30 years of experience might give you a tip or two.James FogartyNiskayunaLook closer at flaws of socialist policiesFor historical context Mr. Ruddiman, regarding his Dec. 13 letter (“Socialist ideals are helping Americans“), needs to understand that Stalin’s form of governance was an absolute failure.Citizens starved and froze under the inability to find the funds to provide for, as Stalin termed, “all citizens.”The politically connected never suffered for the 40-plus years of Socialist ruling.After the Berlin Wall was removed, the majority of socialists citizens couldn’t wait to head west.This may be the future Mr. Ruddiman has in mind for the United States, but I am sure he is in the minority.Maybe he should read about the state of the Russian economy today as compared to ours.Like his hero Stalin, Bernie Sanders became a millionaire while employed by the government, not in the private sector.Michael SheedySchenectadyHonor the rule of law, not one political partyWe learned as children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and to the Republic for which it stands.The flag also stands for the Constitution, the governing document for the country. The Constitution establishes checks and balances among the three branches of government. No branch is infallible or free of being observed and examined by the other branches or by the people of the nation as a whole.In our complicated system, allegations can be presented, examined, investigated and, when necessary, presented for trial, appeals and review under the law. One branch, the executive, is claiming powers and privileges beyond anything seen before. The chief executive is asserting freedom from due oversight by the other branches, not only for himself but also for departments and agencies, under his authority as he chooses.The political party controlling part of one branch, the Senate, has the power to confirm judges.That branch has made its highest priority to fill the third branch, the judiciary, with persons handpicked committed to rule in favor of the policies of one party. Thus, the entire system of checks and balances is being systematically degraded by a plutocratic oligarchy.Our representatives pledge an oath to support and defend the Constitution. The pledge is to the country and Constitution, not a political party or a man.We the people should expect our representatives to honor their pledge to the country and Constitution and the rule of law.Paul ZawistowskiBroadalbin More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDemocrats must stop wasting Trump’s timeI see that the Democrat/liberals are determined to create more wasted time for our president. They are concerned that his amazing success in recovering from the mess that they made must be stopped.This man who is fighting to bring us back to honesty, decency and fairness must be reversed, and he must be punished.Nevermind that he has helped more folks get back to work (lowest unemployed many have ever seen).  “CNBC’s Cramer On Jobs Report: “These are the best numbers of our lives.” He is too dangerous to be allowed to continue.All the silliness that Nancy Pelosi and her liberal majority are accusing him of have been done before on a regular basis by his predecessors including her favorite, Obama.Of course, that was OK; he was a Democrat.Pelosi should be stopped. She should be told to get back to work and let the Congress be more productive. She is wasting our money on her personal vendetta.Wake up friends. Tell the world that we won’t allow this any longer.Don KnuthBallston SpaTalk is cheap. Take  action to get changeOn Dec. 17, Schenectady expected to get up to six inches of snow.The following day,  people were no doubt complaining all over the city about the lack of proper snow removal.However, except for approximately six of those people, not one has the right to complain. Why, you might ask? Because on Dec. 9, that is how many people exercised their right to speak at the City Council meeting. Full disclosure, as I was battling the flu, I was unable to attend myself. But thanks to Councilman Vincent Riggi for making sure my comments were put on the record. I host a YouTube show and my sign-off is always the same “Don’t just comment, act.”The people of Schenectady sadly do not.We have horrendous participation both at meetings and the ballot box. If you want change, then you must demand it of your leaders.Time to put up or shut up. Don’t just comment. Act.Edward SmithSchenectadylast_img read more

David Luiz urges Arsenal to stick to their philosophy ahead of Sunday’s clash against Crystal Palace

first_imgDavid Luiz has called on Arsenal to improve against Crystal Palace (Picture: AP)David Luiz has called on his Arsenal teammates to stay true to their philosophy as they look to bounce back from Monday’s 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United against Crystal Palace.Arsenal were left stunned by the newly-promoted Blades at Bramall Lane as Lys Mousset’s first-half strike handed the home side a famous victory against Unai Emery’s side.The Gunners returned to winning ways in the Europa League on Thursday but they delivered another unconvincing performance in a 3-2 win over Portuguese side Vitoria.Pressure is mounting on Emery following an indifferent start to the campaign but Luiz is adamant that Arsenal will improve and can challenge for titles.ADVERTISEMENT David Luiz urges Arsenal to stick to their philosophy ahead of Sunday’s clash against Crystal Palace Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 26 Oct 2019 11:36 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Arsenal returned to winning ways against Vitoria Guimares on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)‘We have to be honest about what went wrong, but we also have to be calm,’ the 32-year-old told Sky Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s only our second defeat this season. We are doing many things well. We have to keep believing in our philosophy, we have to keep believing in our team, which is the best way for us to improve.‘Football is about the end, not the beginning, so let’s see how we finish at the end of the season in May. We have to win, we always have to win.‘If you want to achieve big goals, you have to think about winning, winning, winning. It’ll be tough against Crystal Palace but we want the three points.‘I want to win titles with Arsenal, that’s why I’m here.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPalace are just a point and place behind Arsenal in the Premier League table ahead of their trip to the Emirates and won 3-2 in the corresponding fixture last season in April.It is the first time that Wilfried Zaha will come up against the Gunners since their interest in him during the summer but Roy Hodgson insisted they were never close to signing the Ivorian.‘I believe that the money that was offered which was widely reported was reasonably accurate, and of course that was way below our valuation,’ he said.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

NFL’s gentle punishment of latest Patriots scandal feels like it’s meant to be a joke

first_imgIt seemed almost hilarious at the time, that the Patriots would feel compelled to engage in still another episode of chicanery to cope with an impending road game against the Cincinnati Bengals.The Patriots were caught filming the Bengals’ sideline? Did that video come with a laugh track? It was no joke, though. The Patriots were dysfunctional enough at that point that when the game in Cincinnati arrived, they led only by three points at halftime against a 1-12 squad that habitually was Joe-Burrowing itself into the turf. The Pats only turned around that game when Andy Dalton generously tossed three third-quarter interceptions their way, one of them a pick-6. And then, two weeks later, the Patriots got no such cooperation and fell to 4-11 Miami in a game that cost them a playoff bye.MORE: Breakdown of the NFL’s punishment of the PatriotsOf course they were cheating. Again. And why wouldn’t they? They have learned by now there are no substantive consequences for breaking the rules of the National Football League’s competition. What were their penalties for their third known episode in the past 13 seasons of operating outside the boundaries of NFL regulations? They forfeited a third-round draft choice, a fine of $1.1 million and the opportunity for team crews to film any games in the 2020 season.Not a first-round pick. Not any sort of competitive penalty. Nothing for the people in charge of the organization, owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick. Just money. Even though it is a larger fine than the franchise received in the Spygate ($250,000) and Deflategate ($1 million) cases, for the Patriots, this merely is the cost of doing business.“The Patriots are obsessed with pushing the envelope,” radio host Ken Laird of Boston’s WEEI said on a Monday interview with Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan.There is no shame here. There is no remorse. If there were, we’d never have encountered another episode subsequent to Spygate, which was resolved 13 years ago. There have been two significant cases since.MORE: Explaining the original “Spygate” scandalThe latest came last December when a Bengals security worker noticed a camera being pointed at the Cincinnati sideline during a game at Cleveland. He asked the camera crew what was going on, and they claimed they were filming a piece for the Patriots’ in-house TV program, “Do Your Job,” about one of the team’s advance scouts.There were eight minutes of tape of the Bengals sideline and, as the security person said, “I don’t see the see the advance scout in this footage.” Both members of the crew tried to negotiate a resolution, offering to delete it on the spot. The Bengals security person instead contacted the league.Thus we have another incident of the Patriots being declared by the league to have broken the rules, but without that producing any punishment that might discourage them from doing it again.The five stages of Patriots perfidy:1. Execution. Carry out an activity contrary to league rules that could provide a competitive advantage.2. Denial. Maintain innocence of charges, in this case with the story that the crew was on the scene to do the advance scout feature.3. Confession. The Patriots acknowledge a rule was broken, but with the caveat it’s really not as bad as you suspect. “There was no intention of using the footage for any other purpose,” the Patriots said in a statement after the Bengals sideline story broke.4. Scapegoating. The blame is allowed to reside with someone many branches removed from the top of the organizational chart: in this case David Mondillo, who was suspended by the Patriots after the incident occurred and, as part of the NFL’s punishment, is banned from any league facility until further notice.5. Relief. The NFL applies a punishment that might as well be administered with a feather duster, and the Pats just go back to work.Docking a team a draft pick is not an insignificant punishment, but it ought to be commensurate with the offense and, in the case of the Patriots, with their recidivism. A first-round pick? Maybe there would be progress. Instead, they can dispose of this punishment if they allow new quarterback Cam Newton to depart as a free agent after the 2020 season. Their compensation if he does? Most likely, a third-round pick. MORE: Analyzing the Patriots’ QB situation with Cam NewtonThe league never has engaged in competitive penalties, but what is done in European soccer is highly logical. They would call it a “points deduction.” In Austria recently, LASK Linz was deducted six points for breaking league rules against training during the COVID-19 quarantine period. That’s the equivalent of two wins, and it cost the club the Austrian Bundesliga championship. How much would the Patriots appreciate having to win 12 games that only count as 10 wins in the AFC East standings?Instead, we get the same tango between the Patriots and the league. The Patriots step on toes, initially profess innocence, then claim it was an accident and promise it will not happen again. But it often does, and the NFL puts up with the discomfort and keeps on dancing.last_img read more